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GeoPlace annual conference to take place on 10th May 2018


GeoPlace has announced that this year's conference will take place on 10th May at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham.

Now in its 13th year, the event brings the local authority addressing, streets and geographic information community together with industry suppliers, to share best practice and benefit from knowledge transfer.

The conference which usually attracts over 350 delegates, will explore how address and street information produced and maintained by local authorities can enable data sharing and digital transformation.

The theme of the conference is ‘Linking people to places' – and why location is important to people who want to understand populations.  Linking data to places adds value and gives better insight into an area and its citizens and allocates the provision of more targeted services.  Councils across Great Britain rely on information from hundreds of different sources. Adding the location information to datasets such as social care, school admissions, council tax collection, waste management, electoral registration or planning applications can help make deeper sense of data once it's linked together.

This thinking and practical use of the data will be demonstrated at the conference by speakers from local and central government and the health sector.

Speakers include:

  • a double session from ONS and LGA on the next census and the fundamental importance of the quality of addressing to the next census and resulting impact on local government funding

  • an update from the DfT on Street Manager – progress on transforming the planning, management and communication of street and road works through open data and intelligent services

  • the VOA on their addressing challenges and what that might mean for the other participants in the wider government property data ecosystem

  • the Kent Integrated Database on its use of the UPRN to link 250 local health and care providers into a pseudonymised single integrated view of the population in Kent

  • Ofcom on the state of the UK infrastructure; superfast broadband, universal service and the role of addressing

  • other speakers will talk about the use of the UPRN and USRN at a national level and Custodians and council officers will discuss what is happening at a local level.

An exhibition featuring key suppliers to the industry runs alongside the conference.

The event is open to local authority attendees across Great Britain and is free of charge to attend.

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